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|1. On WEF energy transition index India ranks 78th.
|A. Lower than its emerging market peers like Brazil and China, among 114 countries on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) energy transition index, India has been ranked at 78th.|
|B. On how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability the report titled Fostering Effective Energy Transition, ranks countries.|
|C. Sweden topped the list followed by Norway at the 2nd position and Switzerland at the 3rd rank.
|2. In South Africa 17th World Conference on Tobacco held.
|A. In Cape Town, South Africa from 7-9 March 2018 the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) was held.|
|B. It united researchers, academics, non-governmental organisations, civil society, scientists, healthcare professionals and public officials working on all aspects of tobacco control from more than 100 countries.
|3. For pregnant woman LaQshya program to be announced.|
|A. The launch of program ‘LaQshya’ has recently announced by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.|
|B. It is aimed at improving quality of care in labour room and maternity Operation Theatre (OT).|
|C. Quality of care for pregnant women in labour room, maternity Operation Theatre and Obstetrics Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and High Dependency Units (HDUs) will be improved by the program.|
|D. At all Medical College Hospitals, District Hospitals and First Referral Unit (FRU), and Community Health Center (CHCs) the LaQshya program is being implemented.|
|E. It will benefit every pregnant woman and new-born delivering in public health institutions.|
|F. Morbidity and mortality rate of maternal and newborn will be reduced by it.|
|G. It will improve quality of care during delivery and immediate post-partum period.|
|H. It will enhance satisfaction of beneficiaries and provide Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) to all pregnant women attending public health facilities.
|4. Harnessing solar power for rural India – KUSUM Scheme.
|A. Formulating a Scheme ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM)’ the Government of India is in the process. It inter alia, provides for:|
|B. Each of capacity up to 2 MW grid-connected solar power plants installation in the rural areas.|
|C. To fulfill irrigation needs of farmers not connected to grid installation of standalone off-grid solar water pumps.|
|D. To make farmers independent of grid supply and also enable them to sell surplus solar power generated to DISCOM and get extra income, existing grid-connected agriculture pumps solarization.|
|E. Solarization of tube-wells and lift irrigation projects of Government sector.|
|5. ABHY proposed by the government.|
|A. Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY) has proposed by the government.|
|B. At sustainable ground water management with community participation in select over-exploited and ground water stressed areas in seven States is the aim of the yojana.|
|C. As a Central Sector Scheme ABHY is designed.|
|D. With a total outlay of Rs. 6,000 Crore and is proposed to be implemented with World Bank assistance.
|6. Science Congress to be inaugurated by Modi.|
|A. 105th edition of the Indian Science Congress will inaugurate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Imphal on March 16.|
|B. Congregation of about 5000 delegations including three Noble laureates, scientists, scholars and researchers from all across the country will be seen by the Science Congress.
|7. First all-woman branch of Karnataka Bank.|
|A. Its first all-woman branch opened by Karnataka Bank at Bull Temple Road in Bengaluru.|
|B. This is the 800th branch of the bank.|
|C. Mahabaleshwara MS, Managing Director and CEO, Speaking on the occasion, said the bank opened 36 branches during 2017-18.|
|D. A business turnover of Rs 1.06-lakh crore has registered by the bank.|
|8. Best implementation of E-office: MDWS Bags Award.|
|A. Dr Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation for implementation of e-office software.|
|B. Shri Satyabrata Sahu, Joint Secretary and Mrs Seemantinee Sengupta, Senior Technical Director, HOD, NIC-MDWS received the award.|
|C. They received award on behalf of the Ministry at a function held at the Ministry of Personnel, Grievances and Pension.|
|D. One of the Mission-mode Projects under the Digital India programme: E-Office.|
|E. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has the distinction of making 100 percent use of e-Office.|
|9. Payment of gratuity (Amendment) bill 2017 passed by Lok Sabha.|
|A. To empower government to fix period of maternity leave and tax-free gratuity amount with an executive order the Lok Sabha has passed Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017.|
|B. The Bill seeks to amend the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.
|10. Artificial heart with rocket technology developed by China.|
|A. Artificial heart using rocket technology has developed by Chinese scientists.|
|B. It is currently undergoing thorough testing experiments on animals.|
|C. China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) and Teda International Cardiovascular Hospital in North China’s Tianjin jointly developed the heart.|
|11. Bill to have two-tier panchayati raj passes by Arunachal Pradesh assembly.|
|A. Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill 2018 passed Arunachal Pradesh Assembly.|
|B. This bill passes to do away with the Anchal Samiti, the intermediate level of the three-tier panchayati raj system and set up a two-tier system in the state.|
|C. As per 73rd Amendment of Constitution that enables state having less than 20 lakh population not to have intermediate level this is being done and Arunachal has population of 13.84 lakh.|
|D. Three-tier panchayati raj institutions were set up in state in 2003, 2008 and 2013, and elections for next five-year term were due in April-May 2018.
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